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Facts-at-a-Glance

Student Demographics
56.6% White
18.6% Black
15.8% Hispanic
4.5% Asian
4.3% Multiracial
0.2% Native American

Schools and Enrollment
Pre-K 2,364
74 Elementary Schools 41,071
2 Elementary/Middle Schools 1,934
21 Middle Schools 19,612
18 High Schools 29,830
5 Exceptional Schools 722
23 Charter Schools 6,820
Other 1,203
Pinellas Virtual School 233
Total PK-12 103,779
   
Pinellas Technical College 5,122
Adult General Education 18,286


Community Involvement
PCS welcomes volunteers, mentors, tutors, speakers, PTA/PTSA and School Advisory Council members.
We also welcome business and community partnerships. For more information, contact the Office of
Strategic Partnerships at 727-588- 5050.

Transportation
The district currently operates 4705 home-to-school routes daily, transporting approximately 32,000 students twice per day, more than 10 million miles. This does not include countless shuttles, activity runs, athletic trips and field trips operated to support school programs. The department operates six bus compounds throughout the county.

Virtual Education
Pinellas County Schools has its own virtual school called Pinellas Virtual School (PVS) and students may take virtual classes part-time or full time. For middle and high school students, PVS uses digital resources and lesson plans used in many of the district’s traditional classrooms. All teachers are district employees. Registration for virtual school begins 90 days prior to the first day of school. Learn more at www.pcsb.org/virtual.

District Size
Pinellas County Schools is the seventh largest district of Florida’s 67 public school systems and 26th largest out of more than 16,000 districts in the United States.

Personnel
(Substitutes Included)       Full-time             Part-time
Administrative*                    399                        0
Instructional                         7,578                    1,959
Supporting Services            4,958                     1,004

*Forty-three percent of all instructional and administrative personnel have a master’s degree or higher.

Accreditation
 Pinellas earned the AdvancED Accreditation Commission’s Systems Accreditation. This distinction is the highest level of accreditation a school system can receive from the organization. Accreditation through AdvancED provides each of our 130 school sites with a globally recognized distinction of quality. It demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement to the five AdvancED standards and provides tools to monitor progress toward the standards.
 
Career Technical & Adult Education (CTAE)
 During the 2014-15 school year:
  • More than 84 percent of students completing one of the technical education programs were placed in jobs, chose to continue their education or joined the military.
  • 1,180 high school students were served in adult education centers and community schools earning high school credit toward graduation.
  • 4,464 postsecondary vocational students attended adult education centers, community schools, and technical colleges.
  •  High school career academy students achieved higher grade point averages and experienced a higher graduation rate than their non-academy peers.
  • Pinellas County students earned over 1,800 industry certifications.
 
District Choice Programs
Pinellas County Schools offers families a wealth of educational choices based on students' interests, talents and abilities. We strive to meet the needs of today's students with a growing list of more than 70 choice programs that range from Centers for Gifted Studies to International Baccalaureate (IB). Opportunities for students have been expanded with the creation of new elementary, middle and high school choice programs. Discover all the choices the District Application Programs provide.Visit www.pcsb.org/choice to learn more and to view a list of programs

Class-size Target
K-3 – 1:18
Intermediate (4 & 5) – 1:22
Middle school – 1:22
High school – 1:25

Financial 2015-2016
Total budget, all sources: $1,260,930,279

Operating Budget
Total: $902,500,000 - Salaries and Benefits; Textbooks; Materials and Supplies; Student Transportation; Custodial; Maintenance; Training; General Administration; and Equipment.

Capital Outlay
Total: $244,865,604 - Renovations/Remodeling New Construction at Existing Facilities Purchase of Real Property,Furniture and Equipment Handicapped Accessibility Fire, Health and Safety Environmental Compliance
 
Where we spend the money...
  • District Insruction - $550,950,736
  • Plant Operations and Maintenance - $96,165,370
  • Instruction Support  - $67,884,623
  • School Administration - $55,182,266
  • General Support/Other -  $28,129,812
  • Pupil Transportation -  $33,527,193
  • Classroom expenditures account for 67.53 percent of the overall budget.
  • Capital outlay fund cannot be used for operating expenses unless specifically allowed by the Florida Legislature.
  • In 2015-16, Pinellas County Schools will receive approximately 45 percent of its total operating budget from the state, 54 percent from local sourcesand less than 1 percent from the federal government. Salaries and fringe benefits represent 82.14 percent of the total operating budget.
  • Average planned expenditure per student: $8,149 from the operating fund.
  • The base student allocation from the state formula is $4,154.45 for 2015-16.
View the 2015-2016 Facts at a Glance Brochure.
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